Employer Relations Summit

Be a part of the Annual SoACE Employer Relations Summit!
June 20-22, 2018
Sheraton Charlotte Hotel (Event Venue)
Charlotte, NC


Registration for the summit will be open to the first 150 registrants.

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Registration Fees:

  • SoACE Members: $225.00
  • Non-Members: $275.00

Registration Fees Include:

  • Reception - Wednesday
  • Continental Breakfast - Thursday & Friday
  • Lunch - Thursday
  • Keynote Speaker, Raven Solomon
  • Site Visit - Belk Corporate Headquarters

Cancellation Policy:

All cancellations and refund requests must be received in writing. Any refund requests received before May 25 (5 PM EST) will receive a full refund less a $75 cancellation fee. Any refund requests received May 25 - June 8 will receive a 50% refund. Any requests received after June 8 at 5 PM EST will receive no refund. Cancellation requests must be received in writing to the SoACE Office: [email protected]

The summit may be cancelled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, registration fees will be refunded; however, SoACE will not be responsible for additional costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, and/or travel agencies. SoACE is not responsible for weather-related travel delays or other issues in regard to personal travel and no refunds will be given due to these occurrences.


The Summit will be held at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel. At this time the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel has sold out of guest rooms.  A small block of overflow rooms at Le Meridien, the Sheraton's connecting property, is now available at the group rate of $169/night.  This block is only available until June 8, 2018, subject to availability.

Le Meridien Hotel Reservations: Call the reservations line at 1-704-372-9610 or you may also book online.

Please note: A deposit equal to the room rate and tax for the first night of the reservation will be required when reservations are made. This deposit is refundable if the hotel receives notice of cancellation at least 72 hours prior to scheduled arrival. 

Conference Location:
Sheraton Charlotte Hotel

555 South McDowell Street
Charlotte, NC  48204

Overflow Hotel:
Le Meridien Charlotte

555 South McDowell Street
Charlotte, NC  48204

The Sheraton Charlotte Hotel and the Le Meridien Charlotte Hotel are ideally located in uptown, near many dining, shopping, and entertainment options. Many attractions are within walking distance, such as the Charlotte Convention Center, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, the Panthers’ Bank of America Stadium, and the Charlotte Hornets’ Spectrum Center. Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) can be reached in 15 minutes by car.


Charlotte-Douglas International Airport is approximately 7.5 miles/13 minutes from Sheraton Charlotte. CLT is an American Airlines hub, providing many direct flights to and from Charlotte.

Complimentary Guest Shuttle
Sheraton Charlotte is happy to provide a complimentary shuttle in the mornings and evenings. The shuttle provides transportation to shopping, dining or destinations within the I-277 loop. ADA transportation is available to guests upon request.

Fee: Complimentary
Hours: Monday-Friday; 7-9 am & 5-7 pm

Gold Rush Trolley - The Gold Rush is a trolley service that travels north and south on the city's main thoroughfare, Tryon Street, making coming to and from Uptown a delight. The stops are clearly marked by signage on the sidewalks.

Fee: Complimentary
Hours: 7AM - 7PM, 7 days a week
Trolleys arrive on the circuit every 15 minutes.

City Rail System
LYNX Light Rail - Running from the northern edge of the city to the southern-most tip of Charlotte, the Light Rail is a great way to get around. Sheraton Charlotte is located just 4 blocks from the Stonewall Station, allowing guests to access the EpiCentre or Spectrum Arena, great shopping, and other parts of Charlotte with ease.

Fee: $2.20 for most one-way trips
Hours: 6 AM - 11 PM

 Schedule at a Glance

Wednesday, June 20
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Pre-conference Campus Tour, UNC Charlotte (Optional)
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Conference Welcome, Charlotte Works
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Roundtable Discussions
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Networking Reception

Thursday, June 21
7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast
8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Morning Announcements
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker; Q&A
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Breakout Session 1

11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Break
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch and Employer Panel
1:30 p.m - 2:00 p.m. Break
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Breakout Session 2

3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Breakout Session 3

7:30 p.m. - Optional Evening Meet-Up at Flight Charlotte, Sponsored by MAC3

Friday, June 22
7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast at the Hotel
7:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Local Employer Site Visit at Belk Corporate Headquarters

Site Visit Agenda:
7:15 a.m. - Buses Arrive
7:45 a.m. - Buses Depart
8:00 a.m. - Check-In at Belk
8:15 a.m. - Belk Campus Programs Overview Presentation by Ashley Turner, Campus Recruiter
8:45 a.m. - Belk Corporate Office Tour by Ashley Turner, Campus Recruiter and Courtney Yearick, Corporate Recruiter
9:00 a.m. - Belk Campus Hires Panel by Previous Program Participants
9:40 a.m. - Belk Fall 2018 New Lines by Buyers and Designers
10:00 a.m. - Group Departs

Questions? Contact the SoACE Office by email or phone 1-877-946-1013.